Lauren joined the YouthRoots crew in 2013. Her background is in experiential education and she holds an MA in Human Rights from the University of Denver. Her favorite activity is doing anything outside with her husband and toddler. She loves working with inspiring youth who make the world a better place.
Erin joined the YouthRoots team in October 2018 after moving to Colorado from Chicago. She has a Masters of Nonprofit Management from DePaul University and almost 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. During her free time, Erin enjoys reading, baking, and hiking with her husband and two fur-babies.
Roshini is a social work and non-profit professional who has been in the field for over 20 years. Her roles have included trauma informed counseling, positive youth development, facilitation, program development, and evaluation. She was a YouthBoard facilitator and is excited to return to work on the GIV Fellowship. Roshini deeply believes in elevating voices of underrepresented youth by creating access and equity. Roshini loves to run, do yoga, craft and spend time with her family.
The YouthScan Project Manager
Susie Roman has been leading collaborative teams for 15+ years to advance the impact of nonprofit organizations in mental health, gender-based violence prevention, LGBTQ+ advocacy, positive youth development and social justice. She is thrilled to serve on the YouthRoots team as The YouthScan Project Manager. She is passionate about elevating youth voice on issues that affect their lives and looks forward to bringing her background in program development, outcomes evaluation, communications and fundraising to this innovative project. Susie holds a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia. When she is not working, Susie loves roller skating, dancing, aerial, lounging in hot tubs, and spending time with her friends and family.
Program & Admin Coordinator
Originally from Michigan, Alyssa’s love of the mountains brought her to Denver to pursue her Master of Social Work at DU. She completed her practicum with YouthRoots and transitioned to full-time in August 2019. She brings experience and a passion for youth empowerment to YouthRoots. Outside of the office, Alyssa loves hiking, traveling, and exploring Denver.
Jenn received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver in 2017 after completing her practicum with YouthRoots. Her expertise is in operations and program development with a passion for youth voice. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside with her partner and dog or snuggling with her cats.
Alyssa Chavez is a part-time administrative assistant for YouthRoots while earning her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Relations at the University of Colorado Denver. A YouthRoots alum, Alyssa has always had a passion for youth empowerment. At home, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her dog. Alyssa also has a love for traveling, reading, and movies.
Emily is our intern and second-year graduate Social Work student at the University of Denver. She has also earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Indiana University and is passionate about social justice. During her free time, Emily enjoys listening to podcasts, hiking, and exploring new places in Colorado.
Facilitator - North Denver (1) YouthBoard
Aaron earned his Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver while completing his practicum with YouthRoots in 2014. He is now a Program Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and serves as the North YouthBoard Facilitator.
Facilitator - Central Denver YouthBoard
Javon was born and raised in Colorado and grew up in Northeast Denver (Park Hill). He is ardent about advocating on behalf of others and being a conduit for the voices of constituencies, as well as seeking to disrupt traditional notions of philanthropy by giving his time, talent, treasure and testimony. He is the past board chair and grant chairman for Denver African American Philanthropists and served on the non-profit internship committee at the Denver Foundation. Most recently, Javon was appointed to serve as a founding advisory committee member for the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund (BRiC) at the Denver Foundation.
Facilitator - South Denver YouthBoard
Like Chauncy Billups and Chipotle, Zach was born in Denver and has been proud to call Colorado home for most of his life. Zach has spent the bulk of his professional career working in youth development, education and facilitation. He’s worked with young people all over the world in and out of the classroom. He’s also heavily involved with The Chinook Fund, a local grassroots social justice fund. Outside of work, Zach enjoys reading or sleeping under a tree, snuggling his dog, watching TV, dancing in his kitchen, singing in his shower, cooking with his partner, backpacking with friends and/or soaking his body in hot springs.
Facilitator - Aurora YouthBoard
Christymarie Jackson serves as an Equity and Social Justice Consultant on the Community for Public Practice at the Washington State Department of Health. In this role, she supports integrating equity and social justice within the Washington State Health Department.
Christymarie is passionate about working with young adults. She has over 10 years of experience working with youth. Prior to working at the Washington State Department Health, she coordinated youth activities for Denver Public Health and the Denver City and County. Christymarie completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Colorado College and a Masters of Public Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Facilitator - Douglas County YouthBoard
Corey works as a school social worker at Morgridge Academy, a K-8 school for kids with chronic illnesses on the National Jewish Health hospital campus. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and stayed close to home for school white getting her Bachelor’s degree at CU Boulder and Master’s at University of Denver. She's passionate about supporting communities through schools and empowering youth for positive change.
Facilitator - North Denver (2) YouthBoard
Amy has been involved in youth leadership and facilitation work since she was a high school student. She has a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and over five years of experience as a restorative justice practitioner. She currently is a School Social Worker in Jefferson County Public Schools.
Facilitator - Boulder 15 Forever YouthBoard
Tierney is the 15 Forever Facilitator and teaches middle school in Brighton, CO. She has a Master’s in Agriculture Education and has spent her career empowering people to discover opportunities to become more innovative, informed, and interesting.
Facilitator - Sioux Falls Youth Advisory Council
Ann is the facilitator for the Youth Advisory Council of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation which uses the YouthRoots program to empower youth to make a difference! She was in YAC with our founder when the idea of YouthRoots was planted.
Co-Facilitator - Yellow Springs Youth Action Board
Melissa has more than 40 years' experience as a competitive athlete, fitness professional, and dance/theatre artist. She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance and has worked with several nonprofits, universities, and schools in the US in a variety of positions. A “jack of all trades,” she has nimbly shifted from providing food to the food insecure during the pandemic, to ushering the Yellow Springs Schools through the Youth Action Board, scholarship and grant processes, to overseeing the Foundation's social media presence, all while maintaining her full-time job as owner of a personal training company. During her free time, Melissa enjoys partaking in outdoor activities - from gardening to hiking, biking, kayaking, and just sitting by water and watching the waves roll by. Melissa is the wife of Mary Kay Smith (a local business owner) and a mother of 3.
Co-Facilitator - Yellow Springs Youth Action Board
Linda grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio and attended Antioch College. After graduation, she taught special education and later worked for the Antioch College's Admissions Office. She earned an MA in Educational Psychology and returned to teaching in the Dayton Public Schools and the Yellow Springs schools before finishing her career as a guidance counselor at Yellow Springs High School. After retiring from teaching in 2015, Linda traveled extensively and committed herself to volunteer work. In October 2020, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation offered her a position as an Encore Miller Fellow. She is honored to be helping young people grow and learn, while providing local nonprofits with talented workers.
Youth Facilitator - Yellow Springs Youth Action Board
Sophia is a senior at Yellow Springs High School who is committed to fighting for social and climate justice and loves creating positive change in her community. She first became interested in philanthropy and community involvement when she joined SPIDEE (Students Promoting Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity through Education) her freshman year. She has since gone on to co-found an environmental club, co-lead and organize weekly local Black Lives Matter Rallies, and become the new student leader of SPIDEE. She is very excited to currently be serving as a youth facilitator for the Yellow Springs Youth Action Board.
Youth Facilitator - Yellow Springs Youth Action Board
Arielle Johnson is a senior at Yellow Springs High School. This past summer she became a youth organizer for the Black Lives Matter movement in Yellow Springs, OH. She co-led these rallies and protests starting in July and is currently planning their return in the spring. She is also a co-founder of the Yellow Springs High School Ecology club and youth facilitator for the Youth Action Board.
YouthCharge Guide - Immigrants/Refugees Board
Jeremy’s professional background is in non-profit social enterprise and youth leadership development. He moved to Colorado from San Diego to enjoy outdoor adventures in the Rocky Mountains. He currently serves as the guide for the Immigrants/Refugees YouthCharge Board.
YouthCharge Guide - Race/Equity Group A
Maria is a junior at CU Boulder studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with minors in Sociology and Leadership and a Certificate in Public Health. She first learned about her passion for nonprofit work when she joined YouthRoots in 2017 as a senior in high school; the experience was so amazing that it changed the trajectory of her career choices from business to nonprofit. She's worked with YouthRoots as an intern in the past and is currently serving on the YouthCharge Race/Equity A Board.
Alexandria's journey in the classroom started five years ago after graduating from Brooklyn College with a degree in Childhood Education and Psychology. She continued her education at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and earned her MA in teaching with a concentration on urban education. Her passion for urban education drives the work she does in the classroom, writing curriculum, and mentoring preservice teachers.
Karen Yi is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles and participated on the Douglas County Youth Board during high school. She started web design as a college freshman as a way to combine her interests in art and computer science. In the past, she has designed T-shirts, posters, banners, flyers, and murals for various school organizations. She hopes to open her own online store one day.